October 19, 2017

Fall Wheelbarrow

Sure wish Fall would show up here is Arizona.
The temperatures around here are just awful for this time
of year, we are breaking records.  Next week is suppose to 
get up to 98 degrees, HELLO Mother Nature hasn't anybody
told you yet that is is suppose to be cooling down. 

So I had printed up this image from Power Poppy's 
Fall Haul digital stamp set and thought maybe coloring it would make
it feel like or at least remind me that it is Fall.

My daughter was born on Thanksgiving day so I thought this
might make a good birthday card for her.

I love how it came out, I have to admit I followed the very good instructions
for coloring this image from Julie Koerber from the Bloomin Brigade DT.
I had to adjust the colors a bit since I was coloring on kraft and Julie was
coloring on white.  This is my first time coloring on kraft with my
Copics, I liked it but there are some adjustments.
The sentiment is from the same Fall Haul digital stamp set
and I had printed it out side by side so I made this card the size
that will fit into a #10 business size envelope. 
I mounted it on a couple layers to bring out some of the colors and popped
the top layer for dimension.

Well that is it, thanks for stopping by.

Challenges entered:
Power Poppy - Hues to Use (Sept open-ended)
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 10/29
Creative Knockouts - Fall - ends 10/26
Moving Along with the Times - Autumn Fall - ends 10/25

October 16, 2017

Much to be Grateful For

Hi, it is that time of year when the temperatures start to 
fall (hopefully soon here is AZ) and we begin to look
at all that, we are thankful or grateful for.

So using some of the stamps from the Stamp of Approval
"Counting Blessing Collection" I put together this Fall card.
The SOA box came with all kinds of Fall goodies.  I stamped
the background on cream colored paper using Distress Oxides and
a combination of the leaf stamps that were of the stamp sets.
Then using the leaf dies that were in the box I cut out some leaves in
coordinating colors.  Even the tan stitched strip across the front of the
card came in the box.  I distressed the edges of a piece of
tan cardstock and then stamped it with the grateful stamp. 
I think all the colors worked together well and remind me of
the colors the leaves change to in the Fall.

Thank you for stopping to take a peek at my card.

Challenges entered 
Paper Nest Dolls - anything goes - ends 10/30
Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes optional Autumn - ends 10/22
Pammies Inky Pinkies - anything goes - ends 10/22
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes - ends 10/22

October 15, 2017

Snowman Christmas

Hi, it's time again for the next Bugaboo Crafty Challenge
over at the Crafting Circle.

This month I chose to work with this cute snowman from
Bugaboo images who is the sponsor of this challenge. 

I printed him out on kraft paper and then colored him with my Prisma Pencils.
I cut an oval from the red paper using the GinaMarie die inside/out oval
I embossed it with snowflake embossing  folder the place it over the 
snowman so it was like a window.
I cut the label using a Spellbinder die then stamped the Merry Christmas
with a Stampin Up stamp and ran some snowflake ribbon through the
holes on the ends of the die cut.

I was sent some pencils sharpeners from MAPED to test out, although
most and geared towards school I wanted to see how they worked with
Prismas because they can be difficult to sharpen.  I am happy to report
the one I used with the eraser attached worked great with the pencils.
Be sure can check out all the cool products they have HERE.
My 6 year-old granddaughter was sitting here on my desk,
yes I said ON my desk (her favorite place to be) when I clicked over to
the MAPED website to get the link and oh boy she went wild
when she saw all the stuff.  She saw these pens
Image result for Color'Peps Jungle Fine Tip Marker
and said "Oh Nana can we order these on-line" I had to
laugh at such a different world now these kids live in.
You can order it HERE

So head on over to the CraftingCircle and color up some Bugaboo
images and join in the fun.  You will have till November 14th to join in.
And remember Bugaboo has a Friday Freebie every week. 

October 12, 2017

Water-coloring with Pencils

Hi, I am back to share another card with you today, another
Christmas card.  Trying to get some stash saved up.

I was sent some products to review from a company called
MAPED that has a lot of crafts and school products.

I have a 6-year-old great-granddaughter that loves to
draw, color and most of all paint.  Well we all know that
painting with a 6-year-old can be pretty messy, so I thought
using watercolor pencils with give her the feeling of painting but without
all the mess.
They are called Aqua Color'Peps 

I thought I would try them out coloring a stamped image before
I had a chance to color/paint with her, so here is what I made.

It was pretty easy to do, just colored in a bit and then used a water brush to                                                                spread the color.  
I did use some glitter pens to add some accents to it.  I matted the
pieces of paper with gold paper.  I stamped on a small tag using
a Hero Arts stamp then tied it on with some twine that has gold thread in it.

Back to those pencils, one thing I really liked about them is they have
slightly flat sides which means they will not roll off your workspace. 
The flat is not so much that you have problems sharpening them.  I also
got some pencils sharpeners to review.  I really loved the one
I got that has an eraser on one side of it, so convenient and the
eraser works great. 

I received a variety of pencil sharpeners and am anxious to try them
out with my PrismaColor pencils, we all know they can be
difficult to sharpen.

October 11, 2017

Hot & Spicy - Color Challenge

What a fun challenge this is.  Over at Less is More color challenge
this time the colors are "hot & spicy".  As soon as I saw this I knew exactly what
stamp I wanted to use. 
We recently took a trip over to Hatch New Mexico to pick up some chile
peppers (they are the best from there), once you see those strings of
red chile you know that Fall is here.

First off this challenge is all about simple or less is more as the
name states so I kept these cards as simple as possible. 

The string of chiles is a stamp from Mark's Finest Stamps, I bought this several years ago with the intention to use it on a Christmas card.  Living in Arizona I thought it worked well.
I colored the chiles with my Zig Clean Color brush markers, I tried
to leave some yellow showing but got a little too heavy handed with the red but it still looks good.  The Merry Christmas is a Hero Arts stamp
that I stamped in black and then heat embossed clear.

The second one I wanted to try and add a little more sparkle or elegance
to it, so I stamped it and heat embossed it in gold. I colored this
one using several Copic markers.
I fussy cut out the peppers but am going to work on trying to
scan in the image and cut it out with my Cricut Explore or Silhouette Cameo.
I would like to mass produce these so it would be very helpful if I can
get that figured out.

So what do you think, is that Hot & Spicy enough for you.
Leave me a comment and let me know which you like better.

I am so sad to say that when I went to link up Mark's Finest Stamps I
discovered that they have closed, such a shame but glad I
have the stamps I do have.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - hot & spicy colors - ends 10/13
Aurora Winds - clean & simple - ends 10/14
Color Inspiration - hand-colored image - ends 10/31
Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes optional Autumn - ends 10/22

October 3, 2017

Variety of cards using inks & Water

Hi, I been busy playing around with my inks and
various mediums and water to see what I could come up with.
I will share several cards here instead of doing a bunch of 
different posts.

Over at StampNation they are having a challenge that is
"just add water" well that was perfect for me to  play with
inks and water.

This first card I used Catherine Pooler inks in the colors
Mint to Be and Pixie Dust for the background.
I sponged the colors on a piece of watercolor paper but
was not too happy with it so I thought what the heck and I 
told my water bottle and sprayed it and wow I loved the
effect that made.  This card was actually made following
a sketch over at the Unity Show & Tell Facebook page.
I stamped the flower from Unity Stamps and then I took my waterbrush and added a little more color to the flower. 

The next card is using another Unity Stamp.  
I tried the loose or messing coloring then sprayed it with water and let the water move the color around.  I was not really happy with it till I cut it out with a GinaMarie die and then mounted it on a coral colored paper.

OK, and up next is another watercolor background plus
using a stencil to pick some of the color back up using water.  I
stamped the peacock, from the Naturally Inspired using various Catherine Pooler inks and mounted it on a die count out also from the Naturally Inspired collection. 

And last but not least I attempted the no-line watercoloring technique.
I love this rose stamp from Stampin Up and thought it was simple enough to try 
the no-line technique.  In the end I outlined the rose with a 
color glitter pen and it looks real pretty in person.

Well that is it for today, I sure hope you enjoy all my card, 
let me know what you think and which is your favorite one.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes - ends 10/9
Creates & Makes - anything goes - ends 10/30
Digi Choosday - anything goes - ends 10/17

September 30, 2017

Oh What a Challenge!

Oh, boy what a challenge our fearless leader from the 
Crafting Circle put on us this month. 
You know you see all these white on white card (which I
really love) but I struggle with sometimes.
Well so being the person our leader MsWipz is she
has placed a challenge on us to use
BLACK on BLACK!!!!  Or she gave us some lea way
to do any tone on tone color if you got too freaked
out from black on black, LOL.
Me being me I had to follow the first challenge that she placed
on us, black on black.
Here is what I came up with.

Can we say, WOW!
I was so pleased, thrilled, overjoyed and shock at how well this turned out.
I Just made a black card base and then randomly stamped an image
from the Beautiful World stamp of approval collection, after I was
done stamping I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.
In order to carry out the black theme, I stamped my sentiment in white on
a stitched die from Gina Marie. 

I got so excited on how this one came out I thought I would try it
with another color.

For this one I stamped on royal blue with a background stamp
from The Ton, this stamp is called Peony Garden.
You have to go and check out their stamps, they have some amazing
background stamps and they are a full 6 x 6 so it will cover your entire card.
I stamped my sentiment this time on a piece of pearl vellum.

Well this is really a fun challenge so head on over to the 

September 26, 2017

Ink Smooching

Hi, I have a quick card to share with you today.
Over at Stamp Nation, they are having a challenge,
"Just add Water" so it is any project that you have
used water to make.

                  I love working with watercolor and inks and all the good stuff.
  So here is what I came up with. 

Luckily I do not need a sympathy card right now, but I like
to have some on hand.
For this card, I use Distress Oxides in Wilted Violet, Faded Jeans, and Broken China.  I just smooched some ink on a piece of acetate
and then sprayed it with water, then smooched it onto
a piece of watercolor paper.   I like using the acetate because
you can see what is going on with your colors and then
press or move to get the look you like.
I then mounted in on cardstock to piece up a couple of the
colors.  I used my MISTI to stamp using a couple
Unity Stamps.  The watercolor paper is very rough so by
using the MISTI I was able to stamp it a few times.  I used 
Catherine Pooler Black Jack ink which is a dark gray.

Thanks for stopping to take a peek, hope you are
having a fabulous day.

Challenges entered
Crafty Sentiments Design - anything goes - ends 10/2
Digi ChoosDay - anything goes - ends 10/10
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes - ends 10/17
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes - ends 10/2

September 20, 2017

Happy Holidays

Hi, if you have visited my blog some lately you will
know I love coloring on kraft paper.
So this week when I saw that PowerPoppy's challenge was to use kraft paper
I was all in.  What better combination is there besides
kraft paper and PowerPopoy images, it is a win-win.

So here is what I came up with using PowerPoppy's 
Hollyberries digital image. 

I colored it using my Polychromo pencils and Copics for the berries.
I was surprised to find that Copics color well on kraft paper.

I mounted the image on a piece of deep red and then popped
the whole panel onto my kraft card base and that was it.  A pretty
quick Christmas card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and head on over to PowerPoppy and
join in the fun or at least poke around at all the great images at
PowerPoppy HERE.

Challenges entered:
A Snowflakes Promise - anything goes - ends 10/8
Creates and Makes - anything goes - ends 9/25
Digi ChoosDay - anything goes - ends 10/4
Lemon Shortbread - anything goes - ends 10/4

September 15, 2017

A Start on my Christmas Cards

Well it is that time of year to start trying to figure out what
I will do for my Christmas cards.  I usually try and pick one
style and then make that is bulk (I send out about 40 cards) and
then always have some odds and ends that I have made.

So when it was time to do my Bugaboo image for this month's
challenge at the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge I decided to go
with a Christmas image, Winter Circle 
In fact, I made 2 cards using this image.

For this one, I went with more traditional Christmas colors.

The second one using the same image I went with Wintery colors.

I really like this image and it is fairly easy and quick to color.
On both cards I used a scallop die to cut the matting, I wanted it to be
a little bigger mat than usual. 
And that's it, fast cards.  This might just turn out to be my
mass produced card.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure and check out the 
The challenge runs from the 15th of the month till the 14th of the next month. 

September 11, 2017

Just for You

I am sharing a card with you I made a couple months ago
but never posted it. 

I was a fun simple card to make and I even made it
without following a sketch ha ha ha.

I used stamps that came in the Stamp of Approval box that was leased in June.
The collection was called Naturally Inspired and I love the stamps that same in there.
The cross hatch stamp made a fun simple background.  The feathers I stamped
in 3 different colors using Catherine Pooler Inks and then fussy cut them out.
I used a Fiskars punch to cut along the right edge of the card then wrapped some
bakers twine around it and popped the top layer.

This card was simple and fun to make, maybe I will try and do it in
a Christmas theme.  Will keep you posted.

Thanks for stopping to take a peek, have a great day.

Challenges entered:  
Crafty Freinds Challenge - dies cuts/punches - ends 9/22
DisDigiDesigns - Ribbon, Lace Twine - ends 9/22

September 1, 2017

Go OWL Out

Hi, time for the new Crafty Awesomeness Challenge over at
This month our sponsor is Rick St Dennis whose images are
a bit different than most out there.

This month I chose these owls because I knew I had the
perfect sentiment stamps to go with it.

LOL, funny huh?  I colored the lil owls using my Copic markers then cut
them out with a Gina Marie cross stitched die.  The sentiement is from
a stamp set I bought many years ago that is Pink by Design stamps.
The web site still comes up but don't think they do business anymore since
nothing has been posted since 2013.  Such a shame because there were so
many pun stamps.
Don't these two owls already look like the went "owl out".
I actually made this following a sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday but didn't get to enter it since the challenge ended on the 29th. I made the triangle piece using
my Cricut Explore and Design Space.
The ribbon banner I cut using another Gina Marie die and then stamped the
sentiment on it.  The corner is a die from

So come on over and join in the 

August 31, 2017

Kraft and White Challenge

Hi, the card I have to share with you today is for the color
challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays.

The challenge is to use 

What a great combination, lately I have really enjoyed working
with kraft cardstock.  You can get some really neat effects coloring on it,
but for this one there is no coloring.

A very simple card but I think has a big impact.
I embossed the background with a Cuttlebug folder, then the kraft panel I cut out using a Gina Marie cross stitched die.  I stamped the flower using a Unity stamp and heat embossed it in white.  The sentiment is from the last Stamp of Approval box that was also heat embossed in white.  I added a few sequins to give it 
just a touch of sparkle.
Well that is it, head on over to CAS-ual Fridays and join in the fun
and see what you can come up with.

Challenges entered:
CAS-ual Fridays - kraft & white - ends 9/5
Scrapbook Stamp Society - anything goes - ends 9/10
Pammies Inky Pinkie - anything goes - ends 9/3

August 30, 2017

A Desert Scene

Hi, I am so excited to share this card with you.  I am thrilled
with how it turned out, more on that a bit later (I can't take credit for it).

This week over at StampTV the challenge is to make a card
with a scene on it.  As soon as I read that I knew whose blog I would
go to for help.  

So here is my card.

I could never have done this with out following Theresa Momber's 
great tutorials at Crafting the Web.
Here is the one I followed to create this card 
Desert Sun Card using the Old West 2 GinaK stamp set, in fact
Theresa Momber is the illustrator of this set as she is with many of
GinaK's stamps.  I know, I know I followed her design to a T but I had to do it like that the first time, till I get a bit more comfortable to change things up
on my own.  Normally that is how I learn and do new techniques, follow it the first time as close as I can and then branch out with my own twist later.  I 
actually do the exact same thing when I make a new recipe, follow it the
first time then change it up later. 
I do not have any GinaK inks so I used my Distress Inks.  After I completed my scene I embossed lines on the card base using my Martha Stewart score
board, then mounted the panel. 
Please go over and visit Theresa's blog and check out her tutorials,
you won't be disappointed. 

I had so much fun creating this card I think I will go do another one.
Thanks for stopping by.

August 16, 2017

Sunflowers in a Jar

Hi, this card was made following the sketch this week at
Tuesday Morning Sketches, I love to play along here when I can.

Here is the sketch.

I flipped it sideways so I could fit my sunflower image that came
in this months Unity Kit of the Month.

I stamped the image onto kraft card stock and colored it using my
Polychromo pencils.  The sentiment is an Altenew stamp.
I loved the place paper and thought it would pull all my colors together,
it is from a DCWV stack a few years back called Autumn Amber.

Thanks for stopping to take a peek at my blog.
Challenges entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends 8/20
Power Poppy - hues to use - no ending
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes - ends 8/22
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes - ends 8/22

August 15, 2017

Bugaboo Tulip Blocks

Hello, it is time again for the BugaBoo Crafty Challenge over
at the Crafting Circle.  The challenges starts on the 15th
of each month and runs for a month so you have
plenty time to join in.
You need to use a Bugaboo image for this challenge but that
should not be a problem as all the images are adorable, plus
there is always a Friday Freebie. 

This month I chose to work with a 4 square 
I printed the image on Strathmore Bristol paper and colored it using my
Zig Clean Color pens and water.  I cut the center of the green panel using
a Gina Marie in and out dies.   The die is pretty cool as it cuts out a piece that has
a dotted border and then leaves behind and "window" with a dotted border. 
And that is my card, so you have have plenty time to come on over and
join in at the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge 
Challenges entered:
DigiChooseDay - anything goes - ends 8/29
LemonShortbread - anything goes - ends 8/27
Stamp Art Papel - anything goes - ends 8/22

August 14, 2017

A Very Large Poppy

Hi, I have a couple cards to share with you today that are using the
same stamp.  The poppy stamp is from IndiGo Blu and is very large.

The first one I stamped and heat embossed in black on watercolor
paper and then let the water and my Zig Clean Color do the
magic and work together.
The colors look so much brighter in person.  After it was all colored I
hand cut around it and then pop dotted it onto black card stock.  I mounted
the whole thing onto some salmon colored card stock to pick up some of the colors from the poppy.

The second card was also stamped onto watercolor paper and this time heat embossed in gold.  I am not real wild about it embossed in gold as there is so
much detail on this stamp that you just lose some of the definition.

Ths one I colored using Ken Oliver Color Burst powders.   I think I will have to try this again using a different color embossing.  I like to heat emboss when I use
water and watercolor as it somewhat contains the colors when they flow. 
I stamped the birthday wishes then cut them using a Gina Marie die and pop mounted them.

Well thanks for stopping by and checking out my two cards using the same stamp
but with totally different looks.

Challenges entered:
Pink Gem Challenges - birthday wishes - ends 8/17
Crafty Friends - anything goes - ends 8/24
Scrappers Delight - anything goes - ends 8/21

August 8, 2017

Beautiful You Flowers

Hi I have a shaped card to share with you today.
I love how it turned out.

I set up the cut file in Cricut Design space and cut it out with my Explore.
I then used temporary adhesive and stacked the 3 white pieces and stamped them
with stamps from the Catherine Pooler "Beautiful You" stamp set.
I stamped and heat embossed in white then using a technique I learned from
I thought from Laurel Beard but I could not find it to link it here.
Anywho, I randomly scribbled down colors I wanted to use then liberally sprayed it with water and let the colors move and blend on their own.
I then layered the white pieces onto the matted pink layer.
And that is it, hope you like my card, would love to hear your thoughts.

August 4, 2017

Teeny, Tiny Stamps

Hi, this was a fun card to create.
Over at StampNation they had a challenge to use those
tiny, tiny stamps that come in stamp sets.  You know the little filler
stamps that a lot of the time you never even notice.
So the challenge was to use those tiny stamps
to make a card.  I used the tiny stamps
a few from the Perfect Reason stamp set.
The card was also made following the sketch this week at
Sketch Challenge 344 #mftstamps

I am really happy with how the left side of the card came out using
the tiny stamps.  I am not very good at random stamps but I think I
pulled this one off.

Well thanks for stopping by, would love to hear from you. 

August 1, 2017

KittyBee Easel Card

Well here we are the 1st of August already, time is flying by.
Since it is the 1st of the month that means it is time for a new

This month our sponsor is KittyBee Designs, they are so adorable
be sure and check them out.

I created this card following a sketch from a sketch challenge
I like to do.  The sketch reminded me of an easel card so that is what I
went with.
I imported the cute Love Bug Flower image, that I colored with my Copics, into Cricut Design Space and printed it onto a circle and had the Explore cut it out.  Then using Design Space again I designed the easel card file just using some
basic shapes.  Doing it on the Explore makes it so easy.
The "Hap-BEE birthday" is a stamp.
So go ahead and color up any image and join in the
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge, you have until the end of the month to enter.

July 28, 2017

Believe Sunflower

Hi today I have a card to share with you that I made following
the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches.
It has been a while since I got to play along at TMS but hope
I can do it more often now.

Oh, how I love this stamp!  This stamp was one of the ones
I just love the way the stem spells the word believe.
I colored the stamp using my Prisma Pencils.
The papers are from as DCWV Fall stack that came out a few years ago.
I added a couple Gina Marie dies cuts out of green to coincide with
the sketch. 
Challenges entered:
City Crafter -  Something with an S - ends - 7/31
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch - ends 7/30
Crafty Sentiments - anything goes - ends 7/30
Through the Craftroom Door - anything goes - ends 7/31

July 21, 2017

A couple fun cards for boys

Hi, hope everyone has great plans for the weekend.
Not much going on here, but we need the rest since we had 
a very busy week last week with family here.

Today I have a couple quick cards to share with you.
I made them a few weeks ago as I had to make a little boy birthday card.
I'll explain later why I made 2.
Both cards were made using digital files from

It was so fun and easy to create this card using the 
From the Sea collection and my Cricut Explore.
The entire card is made using elements from this collection, even the papers.
I imported all the pieces into my DesignSpace and arranged them the way I wanted.  The "water" paper I used to fill a rectangle then added the octopus
and the sea weed leaving part of the sea weed hanging over the edge.  I then did print then cut with my Explore.  The other pieces were all print then cut with the Explore.  I stamped the sentiment using a Rubbernecker stamp.
I made this card for a little boy that is like a grandson to us that wasturning 3.  When I showed it to my hubby he said I should have made him a
card having to do with a farm, since he lives on a place that has animals
and tractors and such. 

So here is what I came up with, again using NitWits Collections.
They have horses and chickens so I had to incorporate them into the card.
For this card, I used the "Funny Farm" collection.
Again all the papers and patterns are from the Funny Farm collection.
The sentiment is also a Rubbernecker stamp.

I so love how these 2 cards came out and thanks to NitWits and my 
Cricut Explore they were pretty easy to create.

I would love hear what you think of my 2 cards, we all know
sometimes making a boy card can be difficult these collections made
it easy. 

July 15, 2017

Life in Color - Bugaboo

Hello, it's that time again.  A new BugaBoo Crafty Challenge starts today over at the CraftingCircle.

The BugaBoo Crafty Challenges runs from the 15th of each
month through the 14th of the next month.  It is a challenge to use
exclusively Bugaboo images, so head on over and color up a
Bugaboo to join in the fun. 

So for this month I chose to use an image called 

I created the background using Distress Oxide inks in the colors,
Wilted Violet, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio.  I colored the
image first using the same colors/inks but it was too blah so I went
over them with Sakura Gel pens so now they are all glittery.
I die cut the happy birthday flourish using a 
Wild Rose Studio die. 
That's it!  Hope you like my card and can join in over

July 12, 2017

Enjoy the Simple Things - Unity

Hi, I love working on kraft paper but many times forget about
using it.  The effects you can get coloring on it is fabulous so
today I have a card to share with you that I stamped using a
Unity stamps from last month's Kit of the Month and colored
it with PolyChromo pencils. 

I love how large this flower stamp is, actually most of Unity Stamps
are large, which makes them easier to color.  I used white and a pale
yellow color on the flower, and then a couple different greens on the
leaves.  The sentiment is also
a Unity stamp from the same KOTM.
  I distressed the edges of the kraft paper with my 
Tim Holtz Distressing Tool.  I added a strip of loopy jute like
string I recently picked at Michaels.
All and all I am pretty pleased with how this one turned out.
Thanks for stopping by to take a peak, I love to read 
your comments.

July 1, 2017

Hugs & Happy Thoughts

It is that time again for a new challenge over at the
Here is my project I created using a Unity Stamp from
the "Remembering You Blooms" and background
I was able to combine both my 1st of the month DT projects into one,
love when that happens.

I stamped the flowers and heat embossed them in gold, then watercolored them 
with a combination of Catherine Pooler Inks and my Zig Clean Color markers.
I backed the image using an oval die from Gina Marie dies. 
I cut the tab/banner at the bottom using another Gina Marie die and stamped
it and heat embossed it in white.  I edged the pattern paper using a Fiskars
punch to give it a bit of interest.
And that's it!.  So head on over to the
Crafty Awesomeness Challenge and join in the fun.
Also, make sure you go and check out the great digital papers over
at A Bit More Time to Craft and join in the challenge there. 

June 23, 2017

Wishing you the Best

Just have a quick card to share with you today.
I watched a video on Unity Stamps Facebook page about stamp kissing.
Normally when I see something I want to try I like to do it right 
away so I don't forget about it.
Here is one tutorial on stamping kissing if you are not
familiar with it.  Stamp Kissing 

I took my solid Poppy stamp from Unity and inked it in red, then 
I inked up a pattern stamp in white ink and stamped it onto
the inked poppy stamp.  Unfortunately my white ink didn't show too
well, but you can bet I will be trying this again.
I masked my flower next and then stamped the black border
along the two sides of it.   That border stamp and the "wishing you the" are stamps that came in the lastest SOA box.  The word best is a die cut that
was also in the SOA.  I flicked some orange and black inks on it and
added a few sequin and that was it.

June 16, 2017

French Country Thanks

I have a simple card to share with you today.

I made this following the sketch this week at 

I used the papers from a DCWV stack called French Country.
The lacey doily is a die cut that was in the lastest
Stamp of Approval box "Naturally Inspired".  So many goodies
in this box and I wanted to create the whole card using
a lot of the goodies but I just could not get it to come together for me.
However, I am sure I will be using the contents of this SOA box in the
future.  For the flourish I used a Spellbinder die. 

Well that is it, thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone has
a wonderful weekend. 

Challenges entered:
Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch ends 6/18
Crafty Creations - anything goes ends 6/20
Crafty Gals Corner - Vintage ends 6/20

June 15, 2017

Purse-nally Wish Shoe........................

..................a Happy Birthday!
Ha ha ha, I love this pun or play on words.

This card was made for the Bugaboo Crafty Challenge this month over at the Crafting Circle.  This challenge runs from the 15th of each month through
the 14th on the following month.   You must use a Bugaboo image on your
creation, but that is ok cause Jodie offers a Friday Freebie each week. 

So there is my card using this saying.  I choose this image called "Heels &Accessories" because I
knew I had a stamp with that saying on it and thought it would be perfect.
Well, wouldn't you know I could NOT find that dang stamp when I 
was making this card and I just saw it last week.  😧
Anywho, I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color markers with highlights from some glitter gel pens.  The saying I ended up using my Cricut Explore 
to write the saying with Pilot V5 Precision pens.  They work great in the Explore and I love the fine line they write with.
Hard to see in the picture but the black background is embossed
with a chevron pattern.  

So head on over to the Crafting Circle and join in the 

June 10, 2017

Naturally Inspired Card

Well hello, everyone.  I am super excited because my
new Stamp of Approval box arrived yesterday.
This "Naturally Inspired" collection has so many awesome
goodies in it the possibilities are endless.

I had a sketch I wanted to do and it was PERFECT for using
some of the goodies on the box.
Here is the sketch............

I knew the Lattice die was exactly the shape of that center piece.

I stamped the background piece of the panel using the cross-hatch
stamp in the new Catherine Pooler ink color All that Jazz that came
in the box.  The flowers were stamped and cut out using the matching dies.
Then I stamped the "birthday wishes" and heat embossed it in white.
All those things came in the SOA box and oh so many many more.
I am sure I will be back soon to share another project I make using
some more of the elements int he Naturally Inspired box.
Thanks for stopping by.

June 5, 2017

Playing with my Distress Oxides

Hi, I got to play a bit with my Distress Oxides inks
so I created this card following the sketch
this week at MFT Sketch Challenge.
Here is the sketch I followed to make this card.
Sketch Challenge 335 #mftstamps

Here is the card I created.
I used my Oxide paper on the left side of the card and then stamped some 
distress images on top of it.
The banner with the sentiment is from Hero Arts.
And that is about it for this card.

Thanks for stopping to take a peak.

June 1, 2017

Birthday Shaker Card

Hi, back to share my DT project for June over at the

This month we were challenged to make a shaker card using
some dies from Gina Marie.   Although I don't make then very often I
do like making shaker cards.

For my card, I stamped the cupcake image from Inky Antics, then
colored it using my Copic markers.  The sentiment is from the same
stamp set.  I used my scalloped edge oval die from GinaMarie and
then using another oval die I cut the center out so I would have
a die cut frame. I cut several layers from chipboard with the
oval whole cut from the center to build up for my shaker card.  
I added various sequin for my "shaker" parts.
I also used a GinaMarie die for the pink bow. 

So come on head on over and join in the challenge at
the Crafting Circle, I believe there will be a prize.

Challenges entered:
4 Crafty Chicks - Birthday ends 6/6
CCEE Stampers - anything with a hole - ends 6/7
Crafting with Attitude - anything goes - ends 6/25
Crafty Girls Creations - anything goes - ends 6/30
Seize the Birthday - birthday something sweet - ends 6/6

May 31, 2017

Giggle More

Hi, I am back to share my  DT project for June over at 

I love the colors in this digi pack of papers.  It is from the 
Mixed Media pack.  I love the combination of purple and turquoise together.
I followed sketch # 498 from Mojo Monday but couldn't post it to their
blog because I couldn't post this till the 1st of June but that is OK I love
following a sketch to make a card.
I cut the scalloped circle frame using one of my GinaMarie dies and then
stamped on the white using some of the stamps from the
SOA box A Perfect Reason.  I loved this saying.  I added a few random flowers                                              to fill in some of the white space.

So if you get a chance head on over to ABMTTC and join in 
the anything goes challenge.